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Twitter Guide For Teachers: Ideas, Resources and More

Many teachers are using Twitter as a classroom tool. But a lot of schools still view the communication tool as a “toy” students use in their free time, not a serious platform for learning. As sites like Twitter and Facebook become ever more fundamental to how the world communicates, schools will need to shift their … Continue reading Twitter Guide For Teachers: Ideas, Resources and More →

For Educators, the Importance of Making Meaningful Connections

By Matt Levinson It’s connected educator month. There’s a flurry of activity among teachers and administrators looking to connect through Twitter and other social media to advance their learning, especially as a new school year looms. As schools gear up and prepare for a new school year with technology increasingly ubiquitous, now’s the time to … Continue reading For Educators, the Importance of Making Meaningful Connections →

Can Twitter Replace Traditional Professional Development?

By The Hechinger Report Twitter and Facebook might soon replace traditional professional development for teachers. Instead of enduring hours-long workshops a few times a year, teachers could reach out to peers on the Internet in real time for advice on things like planning a lesson (or salvaging a lesson that’s going wrong), overcoming classroom management … Continue reading Can Twitter Replace Traditional Professional Development? →

Pictures, Polls and Videos: How to Use Mobile Phones for Learning

Kids are using Instagram and Twitter in their daily lives outside of school, so why not let them use it for class studies too? This is just one example of many featured in this second episode of Infinite Thinking Machine, a Web TV show for teachers produced by Computer Using Educators (CUE), which shows how … Continue reading Pictures, Polls and Videos: How to Use Mobile Phones for Learning →

New Etiquette for Using Tech, In and Out of Class

Lenny Gonzales By Doug Ward If you want to see a teacher fume, just bring up the topic of cell phones in class. Technology, especially social media and text messaging, competes for students’ attention as never before. When half of social media users say they check messages from bed, and 11 percent of those 25 … Continue reading New Etiquette for Using Tech, In and Out of Class →

#Pencilchat: the Ultimate Technology Metaphor

The idea of using the pencil as an analogy to talk about technology in the classroom is hardly a new one. But the analogy has resurfaced and spread in recent weeks, sparked in part by a reading of John T. Spencer’s book Pencil Me In, which uses the pencil allegory to talk about technology integration, … Continue reading #Pencilchat: the Ultimate Technology Metaphor →

Finding a Voice Through Twitter

By Matthew Williams Last month, 50 eleventh- and twelfth-graders at San Francisco’s Burton High School started tweeting in class for the first time. Many were familiar with Twitter and some use it on a daily basis, but never for school. As in most instances, there’s a major disconnect between the role of social media in … Continue reading Finding a Voice Through Twitter →

Which Rules Are Worth Circumventing?

Flickr:Bark Rules are important in any civilized society. Without them, chaos would ensue. But some rules are worth questioning, especially when the consequences negate their very purpose. Teachers are grappling with how to address regulations they consider unnecessary at best and harmful at worst. There’s no question that helpful guidelines can and should be put … Continue reading Which Rules Are Worth Circumventing? →

What Would the Freedom Riders Have Tweeted?

“It was like watching a movie, but it was going on for a month,” says Jennifer Klein, World Civilizations teacher at the Open High School of Utah, an online charter school. Welcome to the latest iteration of Twitter in education. Using TwHistory, a group of 12 of Klein’s students researched historical documents, took on a … Continue reading What Would the Freedom Riders Have Tweeted? →

Retweeting History Brings Those Stories to Life

From following conferences to collaborative story-writing, there are plenty of exciting ways to use Twitter in school (see this lengthy list, for example). But here’s one more: TwHistory, a new, free tool that encourages teachers and students to dig deep into history, get inside the heads of historical figures, and reenact historical events in real … Continue reading Retweeting History Brings Those Stories to Life →

5 Ways Teachers Are Getting Inspired This Summer

Summertime is typically spent unwinding, unplugging, and for many educators, untangling from the daily rigors of teaching. But summer is also the perfect opportunity to get more familiar with ideas and tools that might take time to understand and use during the school year. We asked a few teachers how they’ve been spending their summer … Continue reading 5 Ways Teachers Are Getting Inspired This Summer →

Journalism Students Miss the Potential of Social Media

By Devin Harner A couple of days after news broke of Osama bin Laden’s killing in Pakistan, a group of students at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where we teach journalism, sat in a classroom and talked about how they were first alerted to the story. Most said Facebook. Some said friends or family, … Continue reading Journalism Students Miss the Potential of Social Media →

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